Now we’re not going to lie, it was hard not giving our Athlete of the Week to New York Jets‘ Cornerback Darrelle Revis, especially since we don’t give much love to baseball. But how can we not award Chicago Cubs‘ ace, Jake Arrieta; the guy has an ERA of 0.86 in 13 starts since the ASB, and no pitcher has ever recorded a sub-1.00 ERA after ASB with at least 13 starts..
What can you really say about the kind of run he’s on? These are the number of runs Arrieta has allowed in each of his past 18 starts, working backward from Tuesday’s three-hit shutout over the Brewers that made him the majors’ first 20-game winner and the Cubs’ first since Jon Lieber in 2001: 0, 2, 1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 3, 0, 0, 2, 3, 0, 1, 2, 1, 1, 0. That’s 18 consecutive quality starts. He’s 14-1 with a 0.94 ERA in this stretch. Opponents are hitting .158 against him and he has allowed just two home runs in 134 innings.
I mean, we could go on and on with fancy numbers, but what’s the point. Jake Arrieta is our Athlete of the Week and a lock to take home the MLB‘s CY Young award!